The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - GREEN LIVING -

Trees are the long­est liv­ing or­gan­isms on the planet and one of the earth’s great­est nat­u­ral re­sources.

They keep our air sup­ply clean, re­duce noise pol­lu­tion, im­prove wa­ter qual­ity, help pre­vent ero­sion, pro­vide food and build­ing ma­te­ri­als, cre­ate shade, and help make our land­scapes look beau­ti­ful. Trees prop­erly placed around build­ings can re­duce air con­di­tion­ing needs by 30 per cent.

A ma­ture tree re­moves al­most 70 times more pol­lu­tion than a newly planted tree.

The shade and wind buffer­ing pro­vided by trees re­duces an­nual heat­ing and cool­ing costs by $2.1 bil­lion.

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